Can You Pray When the Cops Come?

I know a lot of people who have prayed when they were pulled over.

First Liberty has an interesting case of a woman who was confronted by police for a noise complaint.

Two police officers came to the home of Ms. Sause late at night on November 22, 2013 and demanded to be let in to her apartment, without giving a specific reason for why they were there. Only at the end of the encounter—an hour later—did they tell her that they were there for a minor noise complaint because her radio was too loud.

At some point the police were in her apartment and she began to pray. An officer told her to stop. She sued. This is from the appeal by the officers, so it was written by their lawyers.


So, I have a right to remain silent, but not to pray. And actual exercise of religion isn’t protected by the First Amendment, or elsewhere in the Constitution.? Do they really want to hang their hats on that loose nail?

Reading between the lines, the woman involved seemed to tick off the police early on. She didn’t let them in when they first arrived because she said she couldn’t tell they were police.  Waved a Constitution at them. (Legal, but you have to think the police were on edge at that point.)

Policing is a tough job, and tougher when you’re stupid…to misquote John Wayne.

Yes, when the police are there you shouldn’t ignore them to take a call from Aunt Edna, or to do the wash. But can you pray to God?

“Excuse me, officer, I’m asking for guidance from the one who created the universe….”

Miranda Warning:

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.

But don’t kneel and talk to God.

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3 Responses to Can You Pray When the Cops Come?

  1. John “Minemyown” Doe says:

    If the police knock on your door and ask to come in, ask them if they have a warrant, they say no, then tell them goodbye, get off of your private properly and shut the door.

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  2. onwyrdsdream says:

    “… or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” and “or abridging the freedom of speech.”

    It isn’t the state’s right to tell you when you must pray or when you can not pray, as that would broach the free exercise clause. Also, does the freedom of speech somehow not include God? Because that would be patently ridiculous. This calls for the third protection to be used to name and shame the parties responsible.

    And all of it over a noise complaint? from the perspective of protecting the peace, wouldn’t the first thing be to tell her “there has been a complaint about noise.” If she refused to do anything, perhaps there would be some justification for escalating things, but, and while there are two sides to every issue, it sounds like they were rather committed to being an ass.

    This decision should be appealed, as it is dangerous to leave it alone.

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  3. This Other Latin F*cker says:

    Bottom line is that she was not the compliant little citizen and challenged the cops authority. That seems to really piss off SOME cops. This sounds like two of them. They probably could have handled this much better. As could she have.

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